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Coe College
Sinclair Auditorium
Motto "Veritas Virtusque" (Truth and Virtue)
Type Private
Established 1851
Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment US$77.9 million[1]
President David McInally
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,400
Location Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Campus 50 acres (200,000 m2)
Colors Crimson and gold          
Nickname Kohawks

Coe College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founded in 1851, the institution is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. Coe's current president is David McInally.


Coe College was founded in 1851 by Rev. Williston Jones as the School for the Prophets.[2] While canvassing churches in the East to raise money for students to attend Eastern seminaries, Jones met a farmer named Daniel Coe, who donated $1,500 and encouraged Jones to open a college in Cedar Rapids. Coe's gift came with the stipulation that the college should offer education to both men and women, and when the Cedar Rapids campus opened as the Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute, it was founded as a co-educational institution.[2] In 1875, the college was reestablished as Coe College Institute and in 1881, after a generous gift from T.M Sinclair, founder of the Sinclair Meat Packing Company, was finally founded as Coe College.

Coe was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities in 1907.


With 1,400 students and an average class size of 16, Coe is known for its "student-centered" approach to learning.[3] Coe offers more than 40 majors and provides the option for students to create their own major under the guidance of faculty members.

Coe College awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).


Coe College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Kohawks are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Their athletic team name is the Kohawks, a stylized bird; their mascot is known as Charlie Kohawk.

Stewart Memorial Library

Stewart Memorial Library houses more than 202,000 books and other materials. The library contains gallery spaces featuring collections from Iowa artists Marvin Cone, Conger Metcalf, and Grant Wood.[4]

Stewart Memorial Library was renovated and expanded in 1989 through a grant from the Hall Foundation. The original building was a gift from Robert W. Stewart, chairman of the board of Standard Oil company, in 1931.

National rankings

Coe is recognized by a variety of college ranking publications. U.S. News & World Report regularly includes Coe in its "America's Best Colleges" publication, which ranked Coe tied for 98th among national liberal arts colleges in its 2009 edition. Coe is also included in the latest editions of The Princeton Review 361 Best Colleges and Peterson's Guide to Selective Colleges. Barron's "300 Best Buys in College Education ranks Coe as "Very Competitive."

Fraternities and sororities

Coe has an active Greek social community with four fraternities and five sororities. The groups, all of which are chapters of national organizations, include fraternities Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Kappa Epsilon; and sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Phi Beta.[5] The campus is also home to a chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a coeducational professional music fraternity. At one time, Alpha Sigma Phi and Sigma Nu fraternities and Kappa Delta, Alpha Xi Delta and Chi Omega sororities had chapters on campus but they are now defunct.

Coe has implemented a Greek Task Force focusing on revising the current Greek system.[when?] The Greek Task Force is composed of Greek students, Greek alumni, Coe faculty and administrators, and non-Greek students.

Writing center

Coe's Writing Center (CWC) is the largest undergraduate student-run writing center in the nation, with over 80 undergraduates on staff.[6][better source needed] It opened in September 1986 with a staff of seven writing consultants, directed by Robert L. Marrs, professor of rhetoric. Since that first year, the CWC has grown in size and influence on campus, currently conducting over 2,000 student conferences per year. Staff members have published in professional journals, and have given over 80 presentations at state, regional, and national conferences including the Midwest Writing Center Association conference in Rapid City, South Dakota.[when?]

The CWC also produces and distributes several campus publications, including The Pearl, Colere, Coetry, and the Coe Quarto.

Notable alumni


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  4. ^ "The Iowan" Fall Issue 1989, page 32
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  16. ^ "Fred Jackson (American football)". Pro-Football Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Marv Levy". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Curt Menefee". Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Edward A. Ross". American Sociological Association. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Williams, GregAlan". Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Janet Box-Steffensmeier" (PDF). 
  23. ^ Gary Allan Sojka

External links

  • Coe College Official Website
  • Coe College Official Athletics Website

Coordinates: 41°59′18″N 91°39′25″W / 41.98833°N 91.65694°W / 41.98833; -91.65694

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